• The full Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing titled “Universal Service Reform – Bringing Broadband to All Americans” on October 12, 2011. Witnesses included Michael Powell, former Chairman of the FCC, who now serves as President and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. In his opening remarks, Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., Chair of the Committee, stated that “For too long, our universal service system has focused on the communications challenges of the last century. We need to refocus it on the challenges of our modern age.” To view the hearing webcast and read written testimony, click here. To read Chairman Rockefeller’s full statement, click here.